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Racism in Today’s World

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It is commonly believed that racism is not born but taught. According to a quote from CLR James, "The conception of dividing people by race begins with the slave trade. This thing was so shocking, so opposed to all the conceptions of society which religion and philosophers had…that the only justification by which humanity could face it was to divide people into races and decide that the Africans were an inferior race" (Roots 1). The novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, shows the racial views of the white population towards the black minority in the eyes of a young girl named Jean Louise Finch or her more commonly known nickname Scout. Although as a reader we understand more, watching Scout try to formulate what is going on when she hears certain racist remarks shows her innocence. It also shows us as a reader that racism is a product of society teachings, not human nature.
Growing up in Maycomb County has had its effects on the character Scout. She is young and impressionable. The combination of being naive and the attitude of the people living in Macomb took a strong and harmful toll on her thoughts and beliefs. fortunately, she had her father to keep her head on straight and to keep her from growing up as a simple minded racist. In chapter eleven of the book, Scout asks Atticus what it means to be a "nigger-lover". Atticus does his best to explain that it is a way to insult someone for favoring the black population. He then tells her that when a person insults someone it just shows how poor of a person they truly are (Lee 113). This moment from the book is when you finally get to see the kind of man Atticus Finch really is. An honest and genuine man. From his word choice we can tell that he truly cares for everyone whether wh...

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...hild should have to grow up surrounded by racism, yet sadly that was the culture of the time. Looking into the future, it is noticeable that we don't see as much racism growing up, yet it is still there. What has to be done to get rid of it once and for all? Only small steps will help because it is not just going to vanish overnight. Things like that take time, and more time.

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